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Friday, February 27, 2015

Helen Mears' 58th Annual Art Reception

The GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club is again sponsoring the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest, hosted at the Boscobel Public Library. The 58th annual contest is open to all 7th and 8th grade students from any private, public, parochial or home school. The Helen Mears Art contest is unique to Wisconsin. The goal of the contest is to promote the visual arts within the local community and to offer encouragement to the creative talents of developing artists. The Helen Farnsworth Mears art contest participants’ artwork will be displayed at the Boscobel Public Library during the month of March, which is Youth Art Month. A public awards ceremony and reception will take place at the library on Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. At that time winning entries will be honored for first, second and third place in the categories of painting and sculpture. Honorable mention will also be awarded, as will participation certificates for all students whose artwork is represented. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Helen Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh on December 21st, 1872. Helen’s first achievement came at the age of 20. Her clay image of a woman and winged eagle entitled “Genius of Wisconsin” was commissioned for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. She traveled to Chicago to chisel the design into a nine-foot piece of marble; the sculpture now stands in the Wisconsin state capital. Mears continues to be regarded as Wisconsin’s premier sculptor. Artist and businesswoman Lorinda Larson-Dull and artist and teacher Carole Young will be this year’s contest judges.Both artists are active professionals with many fine pieces to their credit. Each artist has received recognition for both artistic work in juried shows as well as awards in their specific disciplines of sculpture and painting. Carole's work was shown during the month of February at Timberlane Coffee in Boscobel and several pieces are currently on display at the Boscobel Public Library. Members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club would a like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to area teachers and their students who are participating in the contest and sharing their talents. This years entries will include work from both Boscobel and Wauzeka school districts. Every student's entry is unique and creative in its own way and a diverse variety of work, materials and themes are anticipated. GFWC Officers and Arts Committee members would like to encourage everyone to visit the art exhibit and show your support for the artistic talents of our local youth. For additional information, please stop by or call the library at 608-375-5723.

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